William Manchester and the Art of Popular History

This essay is adapted from a talk I was invited to give at the Wesleyan University¬†Library on the occasion of historian William Manchester’s archive becoming officially open to the public. On June 1, 2004, when William Manchester died, I went to a shelf in my home where I keep some books from my late father‚Äôs … More William Manchester and the Art of Popular History

From the Electronic Archive: My Second Career at the Same University

This is a (slightly) shorter version of a presentation I gave eight years ago at the 2008 American Historical Association Conference in Washington, D.C. I wrote it at a time when I had come to terms with some professional challenges. Most immediately, my promotion to full professor gone horribly awry, and as I began to … More From the Electronic Archive: My Second Career at the Same University